German national accused of spying for US

German national accused of spying for US

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The U.S. also has been accused by leaker Edward Snowden of wiretapping German leader Angela Merkel. (Source: FOX) The U.S. also has been accused by leaker Edward Snowden of wiretapping German leader Angela Merkel. (Source: FOX)

BERLIN (FOX) - A German man is arrested and accused of selling secrets to the U.S.

Berlin is vowing to get to the bottom of it.

It's another blow to American-German relations.

Police have arrested a 31-year-old German national.

The man is reportedly employed by Germany's foreign intelligence agency known as BND, but he has not been identified.

"This is a very serious incident....," said Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman.

He said on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel was notified about the arrest.

"We are doing everything in closest cooperation with the Federal State Prosecutor. So, the parliamentary control panel was also informed as well as the chairmen of the NSA investigation committee," Seibert said.

That NSA committee was set up by the German government to investigate revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, including that the U.S. wiretapped Merkel.

German members of parliament say the man arrested admitted to passing details from the NSA committee to an American contact.

"If these espionage allegations are confirmed it would be an outrageous attack on the freedom of our parliament and against our democratic institutions overall. There is no justification for this whatsoever," said Thomas Oppermann, floor leader of the Social Democrats.

A German newspaper reports that the man arrested worked as a double agent for two years, and stole more than 200 confidential documents. Then he sold them for more than $34,000.

The American embassy in Berlin declined to comment on the case.

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